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[nes-ter, -tawr] /ˈnɛs tər, -tɔr/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the oldest and wisest of the Greeks in the Trojan War and a king of Pylos. Unabridged
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  • He saw the chariot of Nestor go dashing by, dragged by sweating horses, and he knew that a wounded man was in the chariot.

  • Nestor recognized that Telemachos was attended by the goddess, and offered a prayer to her.

  • The spirits of all were raised, and soon the hunter and Nestor busied themselves making a rude sort of rope harness for the horse.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • He is to see and converse with Nestor, famous at Troy for eloquence and wisdom.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • "Of course it is, Jennie, or he wouldn't be out in it," said Miss Nestor hastily.

  • The religious setting of Nestor's world has been noticed already.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for Nestor


(Greek myth) the oldest and wisest of the Greeks in the Trojan War
(sometimes not capital) a wise old man; sage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Nestor

name for "old king renowned for wise counsel," 1580s, from Greek, name of the aged and wise hero in the "Iliad," king of Pylus, who outlived three generations. Klein says the name is literally "one who blesses," and is related to nostimos "blessed;" Watkins connects it with the root of the first element in nostalgia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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